Big Hole/Beaverhead 5-5

Today looks to be the last of Big Hole pre-runoff fishing for 2017.  Temps are forecast to hit 80 and we are looking at good chances of warm rain for the next few days.  The gauges are already showing the bump in flows so stay high on the Big Hole today...say above Wise River.  Come tomorrow the world will be vastly different.  

Don't forget they have scheduled flushing flows for the Beaverhead River 5-5 thru 5-7.   It's a dramatic change that short term will schluger our fishing but we can't wait to see what it does for our river.  

Junk food

The Beaverhead is just right for those looking to toss streamers and PIG OUT.

4PM is the peak and these fish are torpedos.  When you find a player he may squirt out six feet to hammer your gentlemanly stripped bugger.  We are finding them working good ambush lies and in the deep.  Big flies, small flies, yellow, all has it's time and place.  Do not miss out on this spring feeding.

BWO hatches keep happening on cloudy days. Fish emergers or nymphs just below the surface if you're having trouble getting takes on adults. They're also eating midges. 


The Beav abides...

BWO's are dominating the conversation here on the Beaverhead.  The baetis have been consistent this year with a hatch most afternoons.  These gray BWO's are  size 18 and are peaking mid afternoon and tapering heavily after six.  There are also some really great localized midge hatches happening right through dark.  Still and deeper parts of the Beav remind you of an aquarium so be smart when floating or wading near these fish or you can spook the whole area.  The Beav has  come down around Dillon and there is very good fishing to be had in the lesser utilized stretches.  Down lower the Beav is known for particularly good streamer fishing.

Parachute Extended Body BWO - 18

Split Back BWO - 18

PT Cruzer - Dk Olive - 18

Ray Charles - Pink - 18

Zebra Midge - Tan, Red, Black - 20

Annelids ;)  in Red or Pink





Dry flies and big chases

The Beaverhead has been totally lit the last week by strong surface feeding and reckless streamer chases.  We are seeing fish on top from noon till dark.  The weather has been cooperating with steady overcast skies that have helped the streamer fishing and the BWO's.  Grasshopper Creek is still dumping color but the clarity is there for excellent fishing.  Above Grasshopper the water is perfect and if you can time the wind the dry fly action has been consistent.  Plainly put the Beaverhead is fishing.  Many of the other area streams are just coming out of their winter laziness while we have big fish eating streamers and dry flies.  Dry fly fisherman should seriously consider heading down to Dillon to experience quality early season tailwater surface action right away.


The Big Hole has hit the sweet zone and is all over the mid 40's this week at the Melrose gauge.  Skwalas have been sighted below Melrose already so the fish will be looking up anytime.  The recent rains put a small pulse of water through the system but looks to be short lived.  Be looking for the Big Hole to really turn on now...

Fishing Report 3/16/17

The Beaverhead is very clear and fishing well from Pipe Organ to Grasshopper Creek despite the strong early runoff.  We've been watching fish feed on top to strong midge hatches and some BWO's (Rainbow Warrior, Zebra Midge #20) (Griffiths Gnat, Hackle Stacker) Think small...#18 is on the edge of too big.  It's worm time too, along with early spawning so try some eggs.   Streamer fishing has been improving and shop favorite colors are Olive and Yellow.  Sometimes Poindexter Slough will be clear enough to fish well even when the main river is blown out.  

The Big Hole is on the rise and running off color.  With just a foot of visibility there can be good streamer fishing.  Try orange.  You probably will want to let the Big Hole calm down a little before hitting it hard.

Spring inventory is flowing in every day.  Stop by or call us for the latest reports on the Beav and the Big Hole.  We can fully outfit you for all your fly fishing needs.  As area rivers start to blow out we'll be here with some of the best tailwater fishing around.